Maywood mayoral candidates Trustee Henderson Yarbrough, Mary “May” Larry, Mayor Edwenna Perkins and Trustee Antonette Dorris. | File
Thursday, March 9, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Earlier this month, I sent out questionnaires to all candidates running for mayor, clerk, trustee, library board and park district board seats. I sent out questionnaires to mayoral candidates first. Below are their responses.
The responses of those candidates for clerk, trustee, library and park district boards who answered questionnaires will be published next week.
This is the original questionnaire as it was presented to the candidates.
Village Free Press Candidate Questionnaire
Mayor of Maywood
Please submit answers (attached in a MS Word file or in the body of the email) to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than at anytime on March 1).
Previous political experience:
Previous community experience:
Please answer the following questions to the best of your ability. Full disclosure: parts, or all, of your answers are likely be published:
- What is your understanding of the role and functions of the position of Mayor of Maywood?
- What is your understanding of the role and functions of the Maywood Board of Trustees?
- What is your understanding of Maywood’s structural strengths and weaknesses? List a few structural strengths and weaknesses that you may perceive the village to have?
- What do you understand about Maywood’s property taxes? Do you think they’re too low, just at the right level or too high? If too high or low, what are some of your ideas for bringing them to the level you believe is sufficient?
- What is your understanding of Maywood’s general business climate? Do you think Maywood can improve its business climate and, if so, how?
- What is your understanding of Maywood’s reputation in certain industry circles (i.e., retail, manufacturing, etc.) as a place to do business? Do you think Maywood can improve its reputation and, if so, how?
- What is your understanding of how Maywood is zoned? Do you believe that Maywood is zoned just right or can the village’s zoning codes be improved? And what is your opinion of how the village currently enforces its zoning codes?
- What is your understanding of TIF zones? Do you believe that they have adequately mitigated blighted areas in the village? Would you consider approving a plan to create a new TIF district if it ever came to that? Do you have some ideas about how TIF surplus funds should be distributed?
- What is your understanding of Maywood’s comprehensive plan? Do you believe that it is an effective tool for managing the village’s long-term economic and infrastructural development?
- Do you believe that the village spends not enough, just enough or too much money on outside contractors, in general, and legal fees, in particular? If you believe not enough or too much money, what are some of your ideas for getting those expenditures to a level you believe is sufficient?
- Do you believe that Maywood is, generally speaking, a safe community? If so, what are some things that make this so? If not, what are some ideas you have to make the village safer?
- Do you believe that the village spends not enough, just enough or too much money to settle police misconduct and workman’s compensation cases? If you believe too much or too little money, what are some of your ideas for getting those expenditures to a level you believe is sufficient?
- From what you can tell, is there currently a system in place that effectively evaluates the performance of village administrators and employees? If not, do you think one needs to be implemented?
- Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the performance of the following village administrators (please make sure to express your opinion on each employee):
- Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr.,
- Police Chief Valdimir Tally,
- Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh,
- Public Works Director John West,
- Finance Director Lanya Satchell
- HR Coordinator LaSondra Banks.
- The population of Maywood has changed rather dramatically in the last 10 years, with the village having experienced a significant infusion of Hispanic residents. For instance, the student population of both Districts 89 and 209 is more than 50 percent Hispanic. Do you believe that this growing demographic is adequately represented in the village? If not, what are some of your ideas for reaching out to the Hispanic community in Maywood?
- Do you believe that Maywood should be a sanctuary city? Explain why or why not?
- What is your general approach to economic development? How involved do you feel board members should be in the process? And do you feel that village officials are too aggressive, not aggressive enough or just right in their pursuit of development opportunities?
- The village owns a substantial amount of commercial property throughout Maywood. What are your thoughts on how the village should go about selling (or preserving, if you don’t believe it should be sold) the land and/or properties that it owns? Are there instances in which you would support a prospective developer acquiring village-owned property at a significantly lower price than the property’s appraised value? Do you have ideas on how the village can expedite the process of getting the property that it owns back on the tax rolls (if you feel that the process needs to be expedited)?
- If elected, what are the three things that you would do as mayor right after your swearing-in (and ‘right after’ means within your first two months as mayor)? Be as specific as possible.
- If you have a specific “vision” for Maywood, please lay out, in detail, what that is.
Here are the documents containing the candidates’ responses. The mayoral responses are published in the order that the candidates appear on the April 4 ballot.
Trustee Henderson Yarbrough
Mary “May” Larry
Trustee Antonette Dorris
Mayor Edwenna Perkins